Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Light From the Dark
Author: Mercy Celeste
Heroes: Micah Beasley/Christopher Auberon
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 246 Pages
Publisher: MJC Press
Release Date: March 6, 2015
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: After a year of picking up the pieces of his shattered life, former US Marshal Micah Beasley takes a job as body guard for a spoiled rich kid who can’t leave his house. It’s a cupcake assignment. He just needs to get back in the game. What can go wrong?
Brilliant and incredibly talented, Christopher (Kit) Auberon wears tragedy as a second skin. Kit is all that’s left of a powerful family. Seemingly forgotten he’s spent his entire life in seclusion and he likes it that way.
Death threats are a fact of life, but when those threats become real, Micah and Kit are forced to put their differences aside to discover who wants Kit dead. Only to discover that there are monsters in Kit’s closet that should never be disturbed.
Review: I read everything this author writes; I don’t even need to read the blurb, if the author’s name is Mercy Celeste, then I read it. Simple as that. But, this story took me by surprise. I am used to the taboo, the “beyond complicated”, and the sometimes totally fooked up relationships that she writes about, so it was kind of unsettling to realize that this was more of a serious story…and I liked it. You did well stepping outside the norm, Mercy. Bravo!
Micah is a recently retired US Marshall who takes on the simple, but well paying, job of babysitting a spoiled, rich kid. Easy peazy, right? Not. Even. Close. He is actually fired on his first day and left wondering what the hell just happened. Nothing is ever easy in a Celeste book and even though this isn’t some kind of kinky or infidelity ridden story, it is very complicated and the total opposite of easy.
Kit (Chris) is such an amazing character. His life is one big mystery and one that is also in eminent danger…thus the need for Micah. I was left thinking this story was like the board game Clue..the who done it of gay romance. But seriously, you have layers and layers to unpeel before you get from Kit to Chris and that process is almost painful. Micah wants to throw in the towel but he can’t…Chris is his and he will do whatever it takes to make him whole again.
This is not a short story, so I feel like my review should be longer, but there is so much to see and do that anything I write will spoil the story for you. So, take everything you know about damaged characters and throw them out the window, because Micah and Chris are both damaged, but together, they are more than whole, they are perfect.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*